Pet Behaviour Mythbuster #1 – It’s ok to comfort a scared dog!

Welcome to the very first installment of ‘Pet Behaviour Mythbusters’!

First up is a response to one of the most common myths we come across:

“I don’t want to reassure my dog when it is scared because it might reinforce its fear”



As there’s no point in reinventing the wheel, here is a link to a great post written by Eileen Anderson ( who explains this concept in greater detail.

- Dr Jo

Dr Joanna McLachlan is an accredited Behaviour Veterinarian. She is the owner of Pet Behaviour Vet, a mobile behaviour only veterinary practice in Sydney, Australia. If you would like to enquire about having a consultation with Dr Joanna, please contact us. Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog.

Why obedience training won’t fix your panicking pet

Bandit in school gear- Envious Photography
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As a veterinarian, one of the most common topics I am asked about during a standard consultation is behaviour. Sitting somewhere at the top of the list of commonly asked questions is this one: Why does my dog do so well at obedience training, but still wreak havoc at home?
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